Thursday, 16 January 2014

Rainbow Birthday


On Tuesday morning, my order from IKEA came. Some new little bins for my stamps and that turquoise cart that everyone is getting. By 2:00 I was inspired to do a craft room overhaul, including taking one big bookshelf and one small bookshelf downstairs for Kate's American Girl 'apartment' (her dolls live pretty well, I tell you!). I brought in an old brown bookcase from the guest room, so a rethink was in order.

By 3:00, my craft room literally looked like a bomb went off in it. (Should have taken a photo!) By 9:00 this morning, there was still significant work to do, and I made a trip to IKEA to get the rest of what I should have ordered. By 3:00 this afternoon, I just knew I wasn't going to be able to make a card for today's post.

There were too many 'loose ends' (you know all that stuff that you don't really know what to do with, but you just can't seem to throw it out?). Then I decided to put the loose ends in a box to be dealt with later and sat down at my newly organized desk to see what would come to me.

A couple of my rainbow cards were featured at Paper Crafters' Library earlier this week, so I guess rainbow was own my mind. I used paper scraps to create the rainbow behind the white panel. I cut the white panel measuring 4x5, knowing that when I used my curvy cutter (Creative Memories, discontinued, sorry) and placed the two panels where a 4x5.25 panel should be, I would have a .25" gap where the rainbow could peek through.

My original plan (and first panel) was to have the sentiment along the bottom of the curve, but it looked wrong, so I cut my Papertrey stamp and stamped it to look like a smile.

PS - here's the brown bookshelf with all my new IKEA bins:


26 comments:

Geri said...

Wow...I love the 'smiley' look! The curve of the sentiment is PERFECTLY matched to the curve of the cut! (Is the 'curvy cutter' the flexible piece of plastic that you can bend to any shape you want?)

The rainbow colors that you chose are beautiful together. So totally creative and so totally Ardyth!

Love the neat & tidy bookcase (I'm definitely on the same page as you when it comes to being organized!) "A place for everything, and everything in its place"

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the sentiment following the curve of the card! I'm a very happy owner of the turquoise cart - if i had more room I'd buy a second one :)

Sian Ridley said...

It does look like a big lovely rainbow smile! That would make anyone happy on their birthday :)

I am super jealous of your ikea bins - I want one! :) my stuff all resides in cardboard boxes - not the best organisational strategy I have to say - as I am always in a temporary space. As another part of the house gets done, I have to move to another space! I was teased a few weeks ago with the prospect of my DOH building me my own little unit so I could have drawers and cupboards! I was beyond excited, but the idea seems to have gone out the window already...I should've known! One day... one day... ;) I'm glad you're all sorted!!! ;)

Anita in France said...

Smiling, Ardyth ... who couldn't with a card like this ... the most gorgeous sliver of rainbow and a smiling senitment ... perfect! I'm also smiling as I'm in good company ... with two of the same top shelf bins you got. One's for stamps (there are sooo many ... hahaha) and one's for cards. I'm working on needing more! Anita :)

Radhika said...

Pretty card Ardyth..Love the wavy rainbow colors :)

Gerrina said...

Stunning card again! Glad to see it works the same by someone else; starting clean up and ending doing lots more than planed... I love it to see all those neatly cleaned up things; I get inspired immidiately... Have a great day, Gerrina

Jen W. said...

I love a good craft room overhaul but I know what you mean about the "loose ends". I almost always end up stashing them somewhere to "deal with later" and they tend to still be there when the next overhaul comes around…
Love your happy happy birthday card! Awesome use of scraps too - I thought it was patterned paper to begin with!

MeredythG said...

I believe I know that bookcase from my childhood....
And a lovely card as well!

Inkyfingers said...

I absolutely love this gorgeous CAS card Ardyth and I'm amazed you could sit down and create it after the busy day you had - I'd have to lie down in a darkened room for a while after that lot!I love how your shelves look - so organised!
Hugs
Carol x

Anonymous said...

That might be my favorite card ever.....so entirely Ardy! Do you use quill pieces when you put together a rainbow like that? Even my Genesis Trimmer couldn't make pieces that would fit together so perfectly. If I could make one sheet of that rainbow, using it would keep me busy for quite awhile, and oh the Ardy CASE cards I could make. LOVE your style!
Happy New Year.
Bahb

shirley-bee said...

Love the rainbow stripes on the curve, and the curved sentiment looks great! My small craft room is just one long work in progress. As soon as I arrange things one way, I need to change them. Not settled in to it yet. But hey, it's not stopping me crafting!

Kristie Goulet said...

Gosh, I love this Ardyth! Love the "smiling" sentiment.

I sure wish there was an IKEA close to me. Your new bins look so neat and tidy. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Dance said...

This IS a "Happy" Birthday card! Gorgeous pops of bright goodness tucked between sweet, lovely, curvy panels of white, and all framed perfectly by the black base. I think this is one of my top five cards by you ever. Love it! Bev

Bobby said...

You have such a way with everything bright and graphic and perfectly placed. Love the rainbow curve. Now about that aqua cart? I guess I'll have to go see what you're talking about.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Gorgeous Ardyth! I have lots of striped paper that I now have a plan for - thanks to you!

Joyce said...

Good for you for cleaning and organizing. Must feel very good. I love this rainbow card, and think it is such a clever design. I think I have one of those curvy cutter things from Creative Memories--good thing I don't get rid of stuff. I really love how you did the sentiment.

Tracey McNeely said...

Gorgeous card and fantastic organization Ardyth. You should have taken a picture. ;)

Lura said...

Love this card Ardyth! Simple and effective - why are these "simple" ideas so hard to come by for me?? How about that turquoise cart - you are first to mention it for me. Can it rate a picture or where to find it?

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome looking card - that pop of color looks fabulous~ Too fun with your shelf and bins... so nice to be organized isn't it?

Gabby said...

Great way to present the rainbow, Ardyth! Fab b.d. card. :)

Laura B. said...

Loooooove! CAS rainbow perfection!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Even as much as I am LUSTING after those fabulous bins, they don't hold a candle to your card masterpiece, Ardy! NO one rocks the rainbow CAS and graphic like you do! Hugs, Darnell

Tanis Scott said...

Love your curvy rainbow, and organized bookshelf. You have me curious about this turquoise cart, though. Haven't heard anything about that!

Lynn said...

This card simply makes me happy!

Aliya White said...

Hello Ardyth,

I would like to use your card in a Trendy Tuesday feature. I will credit you with your work and link back to your site. Can you let me know if you DO NOT want to be included?

Thanks,
Aliya White

Vikki said...

What a great card Ardyth!! Will definitely have to 'case' this. Love the rainbow!!